So the eagerly awaited Kindle Paperwhite has arrived and such are the demands that Amazon in the UK have run out of stock with orders now expected to ship in December – still in time for the Christmas rush but it’s getting a little close for comfort for those who are looking to buy as presents for loved ones or a treat during the festive season.
If you are looking for a case for the Paperwhite then look no further than the Forefront case – reviewed here.
I managed to get my hands on the Paperwhite a few days ago and have been experimenting with settings and although there’s still a lot undiscovered – as far as this user goes – I’m coming to terms with it now. The Paperwhite is my first touch screen Amazon product and is an upgrade from a Kindle Keyboard Wi-Fi. Although I’ve lost audio and storage capacity by upgrading, the payoff I believe is well worth the extra cost.
When I mentioned to one of the guys in work I’d bought the Kindle he asked why bother upgrading when I already had a fully functional Kindle, is it just because of the back light? Well no, although that was a huge factor in my decision to upgrade. The idea that I no longer have to have a light on in the same room or a have a bedside lamp on for a few hours while reading is a huge bonus. Think of the electricity saved, the carbon footprint is certainly reduced – albeit minimally – and the ability to read without disturbing anyone else.
I initially thought about upgrading to the Kindle Fire HD but given it has an LCD screen I didn’t think it was worth getting as I already possess an iPad and reading outdoors wouldn’t be all that comfortable. Having said that there are a number of users reporting that the Kindle Fire HD handles outdoor viewing better than expected. I’m still not sure it’s for me but for those without an iPad it may be the way to go.
The Kindle Paperwhite is magnificent and easily the best eReader I’ve seen from Amazon. Kindle Paperwhite guides light towards the surface of the e-ink display from above so that the light never shines directly towards your eyes, allowing you to read comfortably without eye strain. The built-in light illuminates the screen more evenly than a book light or lighted cover.
One of the things I have noticed however is that at the bottom of the screen where the lights are based you will notice what appear to be very small shadows. This is certainly more prevalent in a darkened room but the lighter the room the less this effect takes hold. You get used to it very quickly and isn’t a fault, it’s just the nature of the design. Just as its predecessors the Paperwhite faultlessly delivers in direct sunlight, a huge bonus for those wanting to take the device on holiday.
Reading at night is a joy to behold and well worth buying the paperwhite for that alone. You can read without disturbing your partner and you certainly save on electricity! You can read for hours in the dark , quite comfortably, and a great incentive to buying the paperwhite over the original kindle. I would highly recommend for this feature alone!
The Paperwhite is almost white, not quite virginal but it’s a terrific improvement over the earlier models. The display offers 62% more pixels and is 25% sharper as a result. Offering six font styles and up to two month battery life (with lights on) the design is made for readers! The reading experience is terrific and fun. My inner geek got rather excited when I experimented with one of the new features where the Kindle can learn your reading speed and tell you how long you have left of the current chapter or the entire book! It even remembers your speed after you’ve put the Kindle in standby mode!!
Highly recommended, especially if you are an avid reader. Although I’ve only had it for a few days I’m delighted with the product and its performance. Easier on the eye – literally – I’ve also found you can read longer given the improved resolution and in built light. All I need to do now is get more ebooks and I’m sorted!!
The Technical details
Amazon’s 6″ Paperwhite display with patented built-in light, 212 ppi, optimised font technology, 16-level grey scale
169 mm x 117 mm x 9.1 mm
2 GB internal (approximately 1.25 GB available for user content). Holds up to 1,100 books
Free cloud storage for all Amazon content
Supports public and private Wi-Fi networks or hotspots that use the 802.11b, 802.11g, or 802.11n standard with support for WEP, WPA and WPA2 security using password authentication or Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS)